Thursday, February 28, 2013

Crisis averted. How about some Udderly Smooth?

I'm amazed.

I thought after the new year, this blog might die a slow death. Really, I did.

Admittedly, it didn't help that I lost a little uumph in the blogging department. :P

But you know what, anything can (and often does!) happen.

And evidently, you guys like deals. And you like recipes. And kid birthday party ideas. And other stuff. And awesome companies manage to find little old me and ask to work together. (I still don't get how that happens). Crazy stats this week...much higher than I anticipated. So no death yet. It's all good!

Here's something I like--no, make that LOVE--that you should try if you haven't:

It may or may not be called "the cow lotion" around here. But whatever we call it, it works. Having diabetes makes Jared get terrible eczema on his hands in the winter. Well, Jared used to get terrible eczema on his hands in the winter. This winter, Udderly Smooth kept his hands in good condition. And I'm telling you that it works better than the prescription he has. I get dry skin on my hands in the winter too, and only one application of this stuff makes them Udderly Smooth again. {I couldn't resist}.

**Note: Udderly Smooth doesn't know me from Adam.**

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The eShakti Spring line is here...and YOU get a promo code!!

Graphic stripe poplin dressIsn't this cute? And if you've read my first eShakti post {link in the left sidebar} then you know you can customize it. Add sleeves, change the neckline, lower the hem...whatever.

The best part is, eShakti is offering free customization on several of their new spring styles!

Chevron pleat poplin dressLike this one. How would you customize this Chevron pleat poplin dress?

Bicycle print sash waist dressThis is the Bicycle print sash-waist dress. So cute.
Embroidered dot print skirtHow about the Embroidered Dot Print Skirt?

Coming up soon, I will be reviewing another eShakti spring creation. Until then, courtesy of eShakti, I have a special offer for you! From today thru March 10th, get 20% off at eShakti with this promo code:
 FHDNYTHNGT
Note that the code is not case-sensitive. It can be used as many times as you like thru March 10th. You may combine it with gift cards. 
 
HAPPY SHOPPING!! 

Monday, February 25, 2013

Roasted Lemon Greek Chicken {the yummiest thing I've made in a while!}


A huge THANK YOU to my friend and neighbor, Laura, who gave me this recipe! You can find more of Laura's recipes here.
  
I can tell you that I will definitely be making this one again!! It was a huge hit with the family. (Don't worry Nicole, I'll make it again the next time you come home!) 

Lemon Greek Chicken
adapted from Pampered Chef Stoneware Insprirations

2 lemons
1/2 c. olive oil
1 tsp. garlic salt
1 T. dried oregano
1/2 t. salt
1 t. ground black pepper
6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, frozen
12 red potatoes, quartered
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 red onion, sliced

Grease a large baking dish. (I used an 11x14 and another 9x9 because my family is large). Lay the chicken breasts in the pan. I put 4 in one and 2 in the other. Zest one of the lemons into a bowl and add the oil, garlic salt, oregano, salt & pepper. Juice the zested lemon into the bowl. Whisk the ingredients together until creamy. Give a light coating of the lemon/oil mixture to all the chicken breasts. Slice up the remaining lemon. Add the chopped vegetables and sliced lemon to the remaining lemon/oil mixture and stir to coat. Place the vegetables around the chicken breasts in each pan. Cover with foil and refrigerate for an hour or two to marinate.

Remove foil and bake chicken and vegetables uncovered in a 375 degree oven for 2 hours.

**Original recipe calls for mushrooms, but I omitted them. Next time I may try them. I also want to try baby carrots.

**Original recipe also calls for thawed chicken breasts, baked at 400 degrees for one hour. With the timing of church and the fact that I always use frozen breasts, I tried 375 for two hours and it was PERFECT. The chicken was juicy and the veggies tender but not overcooked.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Kozy Creation {Get a discount on a great kid birthday party idea!}

Hi friends! How was your President's Day weekend? Mine was great, and I hope yours was too.

I've got something really fun to tell you about today...especially if you live in Utah.


What is Kozy Creation? Just one of the best ideas ever, that's all.   I wish I'd thought of it myself.

An example of some Kozy Creations for boys
Kozy Creations by girls

You know that certain shop where you can take your kids to stuff their own teddy bear? Have you ever wanted to have your child's birthday party there, but been nervous about shuttling the kids to the shop? Or about the cost? With Kozy Creation you can have the birthday party in your own home, at a cost you can afford. See, great idea, right??!! I told you I wish I'd thought of it myself!

All children, boys & girls alike, can stuff an animal of their choice and dress it however they choose.  But first they get to choose either a heart or a star to make a wish on and then put inside their animal. Kozy Creation brings the stuffing machines and everything you need to have a fantastic birthday party for your child right at home.

***Here's how to get a party for your child at a discount***

Just contact Kami, the owner of Kozy Creation, before MAY 1ST, 2013, and book a deluxe party package. The party can be anytime, you just have to BOOK before MAY 1ST. Then tell Kami you saw the offer here at IF I HAD ANYTHING TO SAY, and you will get $25 off your party!

That's a pretty good deal, right? Yep, and it's for readers of this blog. (Thank you Kami!) You can contact Kami at:

801-831-2527, or email: kami@kozycreation.com


Wanna see a video about Kozy Creation? Head on over to Kami's site and check out the video from Good Things Utah right on the main page.   

Wait! There's more. 

Wanna help out a child in need? For every like on her Facebook page from now through April 14th, Kami will donate .50 cents for a Kozy Creation party for children in foster care. So what are you waiting for? Click the link and "like" her page! Thank you!! 

Friday, February 15, 2013

Flashback Friday: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society

 It's Flashback Friday again! Here's a book I reviewed early in the life of this blog, and it's a good one.

As you can see over there on the right of this page, I've labeled myself as an avid reader. I especially enjoy a good, clean read; i.e., one that doesn't have a lot of gratuitous sex or language. In my opinion, that stuff just detracts from an otherwise enjoyable read.



I've just read this book, "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society." What a great read! If you like historical fiction, you'll enjoy this book. Set just after World War II in England and the island of Guernsey, the novel will give you more insight into just what happened during the German Occupation of Guernsey. I admit that I hadn't heard much of Guernsey before, let alone that it was occupied by the Germans during World War II. The book is written as a series of letters between author Juliet Ashton and her editor, her best friend, and the members of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, who become very important to Juliet as the novel progresses. This novel is witty and engaging, yet gritty and sad in parts. You will learn some interesting facts. And just what is a potato peel pie?! Read the book to find out.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

My crafty valentine

How many husbands make valentines cards for their wives?

Seriously. Because mine never did until he got a job at Stampin' Up. And they make it pretty darn easy with employee card-making days. :)

He also got me white roses. A little bird (named Mia) told him that "Mom is fond of white roses."

It's true. Mom is very fond of white roses!

Happy Valentines day!!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Libby's Fruit Bites--and presentation counts!

Last night, most of the family was watching the finale of Chopped Champions on the Food Network. Except for one person, who went conspicuously missing. It was Libby. And we found her in the kitchen doing this:


{Sorry about the blurriness!}

She had decided to make a little snack for the whole family. She peeled and chopped some kiwi, peeled a clementine, and came up with this lovely little presentation all on her own!


When we watch Chopped, she's apparently been paying attention. And was it ever delicious!

Monday, February 11, 2013

{Not your ordinary} No-Bake Cookies

 
These really aren't your ordinary no-bake cookies. They have half brown sugar, which gives more depth to the flavor, and cream, which makes them creamier and a little more rich. 

{Not your ordinary} No-Bake Cookies

1 cube of butter
1 c. sugar
1 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. cream
4 T. unsweetened cocoa
1/2 c. crunchy peanut butter
2 t. vanilla
3 1/2 c. quick cooking oats (must be the quick cooking)

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Whisk in sugars, cream and cocoa until well mixed. Bring to a boil, and let it cook for one minute while stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla until peanut butter melts. Add oats and combine well. Drop by tablespoons onto cookie sheets lined with waxed paper. Chill until set, about 15 minutes.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

DIY Kindle Case {by the Duck Tape genius}

Jared's grandpa gave him some money for earning his Eagle scout award. And Jared had plans for that money, big plans. He bought a Kindle Fire! The only problem? He spent all his money from grandpa plus some to get it, so he had none left for a case.

He solved that problem. (That kid is genius, I tell you. Genius.)

Behold:
I noticed him get some cardboard from the garage last night, and start cutting and cutting and then taping and taping and taping. I had no idea what he was up to, and this is a normal occurrence in our house, so I didn't ask.
The Kindle slides right in, and that blue tab he made tucks underneath it and holds it in place.
He even made a tab on back that folds out to hold the Kindle up at an angle.

When I told him how cool I thought it was, he said, "Mom. It's only temporary until I get more money to buy one."

Well okay then. But I still think he's a genius! :)

Monday, February 4, 2013

Brownie Sundaes with Homemade Hot Fudge (Oh yeah baby)



I am pretty much a brownie connoisseur. If you asked my family what mom's favorite dessert is, I'm pretty sure they'd tell you brownies (or chocolate). Pretty interchangeable if you ask me. This is my go-to brownie recipe. If we're not eating them fancied up like this, I just dust them with powdered sugar. No frosting needed.

We enjoyed these (again) for Super Bowl Sunday. Do you have Turkey Hill ice cream available near you? This is the Homemade Vanilla, and it's goood.  And if you've never made homemade hot fudge sauce before, give it a whirl. But don't substitute milk for the half & half...it just isn't the same.

My Favorite Brownies

In a large bowl, melt 2 cubes of butter in the microwave.
Whisk in 1/2 cup (heaping) of unsweetened cocoa powder.
Stir in 2 c. sugar until well combined.
Add 1/4 t. salt and 2 t. vanilla.
Whisk in 4 eggs.
Stir in 1 c. flour.
Spread batter into a greased (bottom only) 9x13 pan. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes, or until a pick inserted in the center comes out with a very few moist crumbs. Cool.

Hot Fudge Sauce
adapted from the book Ice Cream by Mable Hoffman

1/2 c. sugar
1/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 c. light corn syrup
1/4. c. half & half (or cream, but don't use milk!)
2 T. butter
1 t. vanilla

In a medium saucepan, combine sugar and cocoa, then stir in the corn syrup and half & half. Whisk over medium heat until it boils. Lower the heat and let it simmer for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in butter and vanilla, stirring until the butter melts and is incorporated. Pour into a glass jar to cool. Serve warm or cold.